World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Blood and Dust

On Saipan three divisions of battle-tried U.S. troops fought one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. military annals. By week's end, they had pushed, blasted and gouged the enemy from two-thirds of the island's 75 square miles. They were sure of victory. But the Jap, fighting a Bataan in reverse, in the third week of it still fought hard.

In the first 14 days of land fighting on Saipan the U.S. had lost 1,474 dead, 878 missing, 7,400 wounded. Total: 9,752, of whom seven-eighths were marines of the 2nd and 4th Divisions, one-eighth...

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